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Why I'm sure (by someone who shouldn’t)–A guest post by Travis Mamone
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So why do I still keep coming back to church. Why can’t I just accept the fact that religion does more harm than good. and then move on.

For one. there are my friends Terry and Rebecca. a tattooed married Georgia couple that collects clothes in their van for the homeless. They don’t just talk about loving people—they actually do it.

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Then there’s my boyfriend. Sean. who is still a Christian even after coming out of the closet.

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